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Inside this issue: March Meeting: Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth | March Webinar: Why Today's Tactics Won't Work with Tomorrow's Donors | AFPNWO Earns Prestigious AFPI Awards | Mark Your Calendar | Major Gifts Workshop | Join the NPD Planning Committee | Two AFPNWO Members Honored | Join the AFP Fundraising Superheroes | Taylor Keynotes at OAHP Conference |Welcome New Members | AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips | Stay Connected

Professional Development Luncheon Meeting
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth

March 28 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: March 23
Toledo Club: 235 14th St, Toledo, OH 43604
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  • Ken Frisch, ACFRE - Vice President, Philanthropic Services & Advancement, Toledo Community Foundation (retired) - profile

Gift HorseWhat do CDs, soybeans, a drilling rig, art, and a quilt hanger all have in common? They have all been donated to nonprofits as valuable assets worth thousands of dollars.

So what do YOU do when you get a "gift horse"? Learn about dealing with a wide variety of gifts of tangible property. Examine what policies and procedures your organization (small or large) needs to have in place to help manage them.

And what about that gift horse?

Ken FrischKen Frisch, ACFRE, has more than 40 years of experience in all areas of development. He retired as the vice president, philanthropic services & advancement for the Toledo Community Foundation in 2016 and is currently working with area non-profits. Previously, he served as director of development for Hospice of Northwest Ohio after starting as the capital campaign director for their $9 million campaign. 

Ken is past president of the AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter. In January 2007 he earned his Advanced Certified Fundraising Executive (ACFRE) certification from AFP. He is one of more than 108 individuals in the world with this certification. He is also certified as a Master Teacher through AFP’s Faculty Training Academy. In November 2007 he was honored by the AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter as the 2007 Outstanding Fundraising Professional and in 2009 he received the CCS Award for Outstanding Fundraising Professional from the International Association of Fundraising Professionals. Currently he is serving on the ACFRE Certification Board.

Submitted for 1.0 CFRE credit; documentation

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FREE Webinar
Why Today's Tactics Won't Work with Tomorrow's Donors

March 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm
Registration Deadline: Friday, March 16
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Laura MacDonald, CFRE - President, Benefactor Group

Laura McDonaldIn this session, we’ll drill into charitable data such as the Giving USA numbers and other recent research to better understand the trends effecting donors and fundraisers. And we’ll see how those trends will demand new tactics if fundraisers are to connect with donors in the future and secure funding to propel their organization’s mission. 

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Join Us in May for "The Major Gift Challenge"

May 23 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | Toledo-Lucas County Public Library clear
This Center for Nonprofit Workshop is sponsored by the AFPNWO Chapter and the Toledo Community Foundation as the Chapter’s Annual Presenting Sponsor

Amy Eisenstein, ACFREAFPNWO and the Center for Nonprofit Resources are hosting The Major Gift Challenge: How to Get Started Raising Major Gifts, presented by Amy Eisenstein, ACFRE, author, speaker, and trainer.

Most nonprofit professionals are not effectively soliciting major gifts for their organizations. If you want to start or grow your individual giving/major gifts program, this session is for you. Whether a major gift for your organization is $1,000 or $10,000, you will learn how ask and receive more major gifts this year.

Amy's published books include Major Gift Fundraising for Small ShopsRaising More with Less, and 50 A$ks in 50 Weeks. Check out her blog and video posts  for free fundraising tips and best practices.

Cost of the full-day workshop is $75. Click here for more info and to register.



AFPI's Top Ten Fundraising Tips

Top 10Need some tips on how to do your job better? Or maybe just a reminder on some key skills, the insight on the latest research, and the latest, coolest ideas from the best minds in the fundraising profession?

Each week, AFP gathers the top blog posts, videos, articles and other resources to help you keep on top of latest trends and reach your fundraising goals.

1. Perfect Is the Enemy of Good Fundraising

2. A New Major Gifts Portfolio Doesn’t Need to Mean Major Headaches

3. When A Funder Takes Your Nonprofit Off Course

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Stay Connected

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Social media is the ideal platform for fundraisers and nonprofit executives! It allows us to communicate in real time, reach out to each other when we have questions, and engage with each other across platforms. Click on the buttons above to connect with AFPNWO's three platforms: Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

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AFPNWO Earns Prestigious AFPI Awards

Ten StarOnce again, the AFP Northwest Ohio Chapter (AFPNWO) has earned AFP International's highest recognition for chapter excellence: the Ten Star Award. Chapters receive this award for performing specific activities designed to increase professionalism within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy.

"It takes many chairs working hard in their focus area to meet the goals required for the Ten Star designation," said John Lechman, president of the Chapter. "The most recent award recognizes our chapter for the hard work done by Past President Sandra Migani Wall and her team in 2017. I’m grateful for the ongoing efforts of our board on behalf of our members, and grateful to learn that we have been awarded the Ten Star chapter status again this year."

The chapter also earned AFPI's Friends of Diversity Designation for 2017. This designation is awarded to chapters who perform specific activities designed to increase diversity within fundraising and public awareness of the importance of philanthropy in all cultures.

Friends of Diversity

Nina Corder, diversity chair, is proud of the work the diversity committee and the board has done over the year. "Inclusion is an important value to our chapter, and our board is intentional about acting and thinking in inclusive ways. We are proud of this designation, and plan to continue to meet or exceed goals related to diversity and inclusion."



Join the National Philanthropy Day Planning Committee!

Looking to get involved or give back in the development/fundraising world? Here’s your chance ... and have fun while doing it! 

Join us on March 28th from 1:00 -2:00 pm (after the monthly luncheon/program) at The Toledo Club for the official launch of our planning committee. We are looking for people to help with logistics, social media, sponsorships, publicity ... everything that goes with planning a large event. If you have ever wanted experience with event planning, this is your opportunity to join a great group of professionals who know how to celebrate philanthropy in our community!

This year's 2018 National Philanthropy Day (NPD) NPD will be held on Wednesday, November 14th at The Premier.  This is a remarkable day of celebrating our local philanthropists, volunteers, foundations, companies, and our fundraising profession.

For additional information, connect with this year’s event co-chairs: Dasa Dzierwa, or Nancy Hamilton,



AFPNWO Members Frisch & Kulik Recognized at AFP International Conference

Ken Frisch, ACFREKen Frisch, ACFRE, will be recognized as a member of the Distinguished Fellows, which spotlights individuals who have made significant leadership contributions to the philanthropic and fundraising professions and who will continue to advance AFP’s mission and vision through their volunteer and advisory work.

Ken is an ACFRE, past president of the northwest Ohio chapter, member of the ACFRE board, winner of the AFP International Fundraiser of the Year and now adds this honor to his resume, making him one of the our most decorated fundraisers in our profession. An interesting fact to add: the last time the conference was in New Orleans, he won the AFP International Outstanding Fundraiser of the Year.

Nick KulikNick Kulik, CFRE, has been accepted as a presenter at the International Conference. His presentation is 2018 & Beyond: Building A World of Good Through Fundraising Excellence on Sunday, Apr 15 from 4:00 PM - 5:15 PM.

If any of you are attending the conference, be sure not to miss it! Veteran AFP members and international speakers will share how a movement to bring AFP’s fundraising standards and ethics to younger generations is expanding globally and advancing nonprofit missions. The panelists include Vincent Law, CFRE, MInstF(Dip), AFP International Board of Directors of CFRE International (2017–19); Valerie Mullen Pletcher, MInstF(Dip); Nick Kulik, CFRE, 2017 Outstanding Young Professional; and Masataka (Masa) Uo, founder and CEO of the Japan Fundraising Association.

Nick will also be speaking about the challenges and opportunities of engaging the next generation of fundraisers as part of a larger presentation during the closing general session of the international conference.



Welcome New Members!

Welcome to the newest AFPNWO chapter members:

  • Jill Bunge, BA, Food For Thought
  • Juan Duarte, Team Recovery
  • Kali Hammer, Wood Lane Residential Services, Inc.
  • Stephen Heaven, CFRM, Toledo Area Humane Society
  • Holly Hoagland-Fojtik, Kidney Foundation of Northwest Ohio
  • Betty Lopez, Epilepsy Center of NW Ohio
  • Kathy Mull, The Cocoon
  • Dr. Ronald M Schumacher, Ed.D, Terra State Community College

We look forward to seeing you at future chapter meetings and webinars!



mark your calendar

March 20 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | Select Locationclear
Why Today's Tactics Won't Work with Tomorrow's Donors
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March 28 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Toledo Clubclear
Professional Development Meeting
Looking a Gift Horse in the Mouth
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April 25 | 11:30 am - 1:00 pm | Toledo Clubclear
Professional Development Meeting
Asking with Confidence
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May 23 | 9:30 am - 4:30 pm | Toledo-Lucas County Public Library clear
Full-Day Workshop in Collaboration with
The Center for Nonprofit Resources

The Major Gift Challenge: How to Get Started Raising Major Gifts
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Join the AFP Fundraising Superheroes


April 13, 2018 | 7:45 am - 2:00 pm
Embassy Suites Akron-Canton Airport
7883 Freedom Ave NW, North Canton, OH

Registrations are now open for the AFP Northeast Ohio Chapter's 2018 Career Success Institute (CSI)!

This year's agenda focuses on the tools needed by development professionals, board members, volunteers and professional advisors to re-focus their efforts on best practices in fundraising so that they can become superheroes to their organizations and the clients they serve!

Breakout 1 Sessions (pick one)

1A: How To Grow Super Teams
presented by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE -
CEO, Kishshana & Co.

1B: Email Communications Makeover
presented by Ceci Dadisman -
Digital Marketing Manager, FORM

1C: Nonprofit Partnership Advancement: Building Better Corporate Partnerships
presented by Ben Bisbee -
Founder + Principal, Rhinocorn Consulting

Breakout 2 Sessions (pick one)

2A: How To Grow Super Teams (repeat of 1A)
presented by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE -
CEO, Kishshana & Co.

2B: Wonder Powers Activated! Building a Super-Powered Grant Program
presented by Mary Douglas -
Director, Grants Administration, Akron Children's Hospital

2C: Gen X Giving - Effective Fundraising Strategies for Gen X Donors
presented by Tim Ardillo, CFRE -
Consultant, Johnson, Grossnickle and Associates

Keynote Presentation

Take Your Cape Off, Superhero!
presented by Kishshana Palmer, CFRE -
CEO, Kishshana & Co.


Registration for AFP Members: $75 | Not-Yet-Members: $120 ... (lunch included)

Register by February 13th and save $10!

Register 4 or more people from the same organization, and all can attend at the member rate!

Participation in CSI 2018 has been approved for up to 3.5 points in the CFRE application for initial certification and/or recertification.

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Betsy Chapin Taylor is Keynote at OAHP Conference

April 5, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm
Fawcett Center, Ohio State University, Columbus OH

Earn 5.0 CFRE Credits

Betsy Taylor ChapinMake the Case for Health Care Philanthropy to Foster Ally Engagement is the theme for the spring conference of Ohio Association for Healthcare Philanthropy (OAHP) on April 5th at the Fawcett Center at Ohio State University. The keynote speaker will be Betsy Chapin Taylor, FAHP, the award-winning author, speaker and thought leader on health care philanthropy.

Even though the conference will be focused on the healthcare industry, the principles are so strong that they can be applied to any industry within the fundraising community: health and human services, arts and culture, education, youth programs, and more.

“Vibrant health care philanthropy depends upon the engagement of key allies including health care executives, board members, physicians and clinicians,” says Taylor. “It is my goal to share with attendees the case to motivate, move and inspire allies to get meaningfully involved.”

Sessions include:

bulletBuild an Effective Collaboration with
your CEO and CFO

bulletCollaborate with Leadership Volunteers
to Advance Philanthropy

bulletExplore the Science of Gratitude &
Rethink the Path to Grateful

bulletPrepare for New Frontiers Ahead
(Trends & Issues)

The conference has been approved for 5.0 CFRE credits.

The cost for attending this one-day conference are $175 for OAHP members and $250 for non-members (the non-member rate includes a one-year membership to OAHP). For more information, visit the OAHP website at or contact Jacquie at



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